Building Shelves for An All Oak Room
When you have a room centered on a single theme, it can be hard to make additions without throwing off that theme. If you want to build your own shelves for an oak room, you have to be careful about not making them so large that they overtake everything else in the room. Shelving as a central point can be very drab.
First off, make sure you are not working in the oak room; go to a shed or outdoor work area if one is available. You want your shelves to measure no longer than a foot long by six inches wide. That way you can keep down on the clutter and still make the shelves usable.
When the dimensions of the shelves have been cut, make sure that the edges and corners of the shelving are sanded or rounded. Rounding all the edges is acceptable, except the back edge. The back edge should be gently sanded but not rounded. That way it won’t rock or scratch the oak room wall behind it.After the sanding, you want to stain the oak. You can either find an oak stain that matches the oak room exactly or simply go for the transparent finish. It may take several coats to get the perfect look, this could require days of waiting for the stain to dry properly.
When the stain is eventually dried, the next step is to attach the supporting brackets that will mount it to the wall permanently. The brackets best suited for an all oak room are brown “L” brackets. Attach two brackets; one side to the bottom of the shelf and the other will be for mounting it to the wall. Make the two brackets are spaced evenly on the bottom to provide maximum support for your oak room shelving. When mounting it to your oak room wall, make sure you locate the wall stud. If you miss those, the shelving may rip right out of the wall and crash to the floor.